Where to Now? The Editor's
Issue: a few notes, a bunch of photos...
Sugiura is one of Japan's top female surfers.
We always seem to hear about the top US surfers
or the top Hawaiians or even the top Aussies and
lately even the top Europeans. Somehow the Japanese
get left out of the picture. Getting to sit down
and chat with Marii made me realize what a colorful
contribution Japanese surfers make to the surfing
scene. I would have to say surf-stoked is an understatement!!!
Marii comes from surf-stoked lineage, her father
owning a surf shop named after THE DOORS!
With the support of her father
and the spirit of Jim Morrison running in her
veins, Marii lives for the traveling experience
and the hunt for surf perfection. With her fiancé
who is a pretty hot surfer himself, she lives
a fantastical dream. Soon she will be dividing
her time between a well-paid career on the Japan
Professional Surfing Association tour, world qualifying
tour events in the USA and multiple trips to Indonesia
whenever she can.
Marii is following her heart
and her ability will surely support her on the
performance side of surfing. We caught up with
Marii right before she was due to head back east
for her first trip to Florida.
With so many choices to
lead into this issue of JettyGirl, how can one
decide on who to start with? For me, it's an easy
call. Kassia has been a longtime supporter of
both Boardfolio.com and JettyGirl.com. In fact,
the only way we were able to pull off our first
year of publication
I first met Prue through
her friend Kassia. It's interesting to me how
it's so easy to connect with certain people whose
path you cross in life. Prue is one of those people
to me. She is such an interesting person, a deep
thinker and a true believer in making this world
a better place to live. While Prue has been off
the tour for a while now, make no mistake, she
still surfs at a world class level and could easily
make it on the world stage if she chose to. Her
speed and flow on a wave are amazing. In my opinion
her stylish frontside cutback is one of the prettiest
moves in surfing today. Now if I could only get
her to clean her wax before photo shoots :)
Before I met Julie, the
only thing I knew about her is that she had a
"rad style." After shooting with Julie
quite a bit, I still can't pinpoint what it is
that makes her surfing so stylish but she is most
definitely dripping with style. During a JettyGirl
shoot at her home break of Leo Carrillo Julie
took off on about a knee high wave, glid past
me at the top of the point and as she cross-stepped
through the inside paused midstep and held it....right
foot planted firmly on the board while pointing
the toes of her left foot in a type of ballet-like
pose. Standing tall in a dancer's pose, riding
against the backdrop of mustard-filled hillsides...it
was just about the most elegant move I've ever
All sorts of strange things happened during the
past year of putting JettyGirl together. Prayers
were answered, doors flew open in the oddest of
places and contacts were made in the unlikliest
of circumstances...all confirming to me that I
was doing the right thing launching this project.
Meeting Kelly was a perfect example of all this.
Inquiring about potential JettyGirl subjects on
the wonderful website, East Coast Wahines, the
name Kelly Nicely came up more than any other
name. With our meager budget I remember wondering
how I'd ever even be able to get to the East Coast
to do a feature on anyone. Anyway, while shooting
with Summer Romero one day in Cardiff, a girl
walked up to me and introduced herself as Kelly.
Of all the surfers that I could possibly meet,
what are the odds that I'd meet up with
PJ: I know, I have never
seen anything like it.
MS: That's why I like surfing
PJ: Where you live does
the water get cold in wintertime and warm in summer?
MS: Yeah, at my place we
need booties and gloves and sometimes a head cap
(wetsuit hood) from February to March.
PJ: And still, that many
MS: Yeah. The summer time
is very hot, more so than here. We have very clearly
four seasons which change fast.
PJ: In the summer the sun
comes up at 4 am?
MS: Yeah. (smiles)
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